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Asphalt Overlay – 5 Important Factors You Need to Consider
Overlaying is the process of putting a new layer of asphalt over existing asphalt. While it can often be a more cost-effective solution than asphalt replacement, it isn’t always the best solution. There are important factors other than cost you need to consider. Understanding these factors will help determine whether or not an asphalt overlay is the best solution.  Extent of Existing Damage The current condition of your parking lot is the first thing an asphalt professional will evaluate. Extensive structural damage such as large potholes, root damage, or ruts in the surface will require asphalt replacement, not an asphalt overlay. Minor surface cracks or shallow tire rutting can be eliminated by milling the existing asphalt surface. This will allow the overlay to adhere to the existing surface and cure properly. With full depth cracks, deep tire ruts or underlying base problems such as moisture or deformation, milling wouldn’t be sufficient to effectively prepare the surface for an asphalt overlay. Under these circumstances, it would be necessary to do partial asphalt replacement before putting down an overlay or skip the overlay and completely replace the existing asphalt.  Parking Lot Size  An overlay can be installed over any size asphalt parking ...
Keeping Your Asphalt Parking Lot Safe in the Winter
If you own a business, the safety of your customers and employees begins with your parking lot. This is especially true during the winter months. If your business has an asphalt parking lot, it is best to conduct maintenance and repairs during the warmer months. Once the temperatures drop, many repair methods can not be successfully utilized. However, there are steps you can to ensure your asphalt parking lot remains in safe condition all winter long. Inspect Asphalt Parking Lot Drainage Pooling water poses a serious threat to an asphalt parking lot, especially in the winter. Water that isn’t properly drained can find its way into the smallest cracks and crevices in an asphalt surface. When water penetrates the asphalt and freezes, it expands, forcing the cracks to expand as well. Come spring, you will have much larger cracks or potholes in need of repair. Inspect parking lot drains regularly making sure they are clear of snow, ice, or debris that could prevent proper drainage. Hire a Professional Snow Removal To help maintain the safety of your asphalt parking lot, it’s important to hire a professional snow removal company that has experience clearing snow and ice from asphalt surfaces. An ...
Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips to Extend its Lifespan
Installing a new asphalt driveway is a big investment. As with any large investment, you’ll want to do everything you can to protect it. The condition of your driveway can affect your property value, curb appeal, and even your safety. Cracks and potholes create a potential tripping hazard that could lead to personal injury. Following these asphalt driveway safety tips can keep your driveway looking great and you and your family safe. Cold Weather Asphalt Driveway Maintenance Tips Choose your snow shovel wisely. When clearing their driveway, people often choose a metal snow shovel. This type of shovel may be more effective at breaking up and scaping any ice beneath the snow. However, a metal snow shovel can damage asphalt surfaces. It is best to use a lightweight, plastic snow shovel. The key is to shovel early and often to prevent ice from forming. Be sure to hold the shovel at a shallow angle to prevent damage to your asphalt and never use the shovel as a pick to break up ice on the driveway. Select your de-icer carefully. This is one of the most important asphalt driveway maintenance tips, as de-icers can be hard on the asphalt. Whenever possible, ...
Asphalt Repair – Keep Small Issues from Becoming a Major Expense
Asphalt is an incredibly flexible and durable material, making it an excellent choice for paving surfaces as small as residential driveways or as big as commercial parking lots. Although asphalt can last for 30 years or more if properly taken care of, it’s still at the mercy of the elements. Like a bike left out in the rain, asphalt weathers over time causing cracks, chips, or even large potholes. If your asphalt surface is displaying the following signs, it may be time to consider asphalt repair. Tending to small problems now will ultimately protect your investment and keep your asphalt surface from becoming a major financial burden. Daunting Discoloration Over time, your asphalt surface may experience some fading and discoloration. Typically, this color change is caused by years of exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays. While discoloration is a sign of normal wear and tear, it can also mean that the constant contact with UV rays have weakened the asphalt.  To avoid unnecessary asphalt repair, it’s best to seal coat the asphalt surface once it has cured. Seal coating protects asphalt against the elements and the harmful effects of chemical exposure, extending the life of your asphalt surface. Seal ...